"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James
What is stress? A wise man once defined stress as Someone Trying to Repair Every Situation Solo.
Stress is one of the major factors that can adversely affect a person's health both mentally and physically. It comes with lack of concentration, enhances irritation, body aches, headaches plus one can clearly see a drastic change in his/her appetite followed by mood swings.
But do you know that handling stress is not that difficult? It can be managed by following certain simple tips. So, on this year's Stress Awareness Day, Dr Hariprasad, Research Associate at Himalaya Drug Company shares some hacks that can be easily implemented to help you relieve stress.
C'mon, let's have a look at how one can become his/her own stress buster.
Spend some time with yourself, to understand the root cause of your stress. Jot down the causes and plan your course of action accordingly. This will help you plan your activities to manage stress.
You can start including herbal supplements in your daily diet. According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, Ashwagandha herb is known for its rejuvenating properties that help in maintaining a healthy balance between the nervous system, endocrine glands, and immune system thus, reducing the harmful effects of long-term stress on our body.
You can visit the nearest Yoga/Gym center or go for small walks regularly. It relieves your stress and rejuvenates your body. Also, try meditating for few minutes which will help you in calming your mind and also deep breathing exercises relax body muscles and make you stress-free.
There is a direct connection between your stress level and diet. Stress eating is very common and we tend to overeat junk food. Always try and avoid sugary, fatty snacks and choose fruits and vegetables over it. Fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids has also proved to reduce stress levels.
A person needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day to function better. By maintaining regular sleeping cycle pattern, you can make sure that you get enough sleep before you wake up to fight the daily battles.
Music in many ways can help relieve stress. From triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures, music can be your best savior from stress.
Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects. A journal can really help us put things in perspective, so pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.
A quiet, meditative walk can do wonders for stress relief, especially when we step outdoors. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural.
Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others, preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what's going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.
A good belly laugh doesn't just lighten the load mentally, but it lowers cortisol, the body stress hormone. It even boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help swing your mood. Just turn on your favorite sitcom or video, read your favorite comics, or chat with someone who makes you smile.
Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly, take a 5-minute break and just focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose, feel the breath in your abdomen and watch its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
While stress is an automatic response from your nervous system, that arise mostly from work, a meeting with your boss, or family gatherings, for example.
When handling such predictable stressors, you can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose in any given scenario, it's helpful to think of the four A's: Avoid, Alter, Adapt or Accept.
Don't get so caught up in the hustle of life that you forget to take care of yourself. Nurturing yourself is a necessity and if you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you'll be in a better place to handle your life.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. Too much-untreated stress can cause potentially serious physical and mental health problems.
But the good news is stress is manageable. With some patience and a few useful strategies, you can reduce your stress, whether it's family stress or stress at the workplace.
Be grateful for all the things that are good in your life. A wise man once said if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.
REMINDER: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT NOT EVERYTHING.
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